E-Safety & the Internet

It is a growing concern in our society to be able to keep ourselves and our children safe on-line.  The Internet is designed as a tool to gather information, communicate with friends and family (near or far) and have fun.  We are fully aware that there is pressure on parents to allow their child more freedom on-line and this can be a good thing providing you ensure that you know what your child is doing.  Even at the young age our children need to be monitored and made aware of what to do if something makes them feel uncomfortable.

At Ty Sign Primary we recognise that the internet gives children access to an extraordinary range of information that can help support their learning across the curriculum. Alongside encouraging them to use this fantastic wealth of information to enhance their research, we teach them to use safe and responsible behaviour whenever they search the web and use related technologies such as email, instant messaging and Google Drive.

We utilize the web throughout the school. Every classroom has laptops, smartboard/interactive whiteboards that are fully networked providing internet access. Pupils are always supervised when using these facilities. Children throughout the school also have access to iPads; again these are used under supervision

Parents are asked to sign a consent form as part of the admissions procedure to allow their child to access the internet within school, but if you have any queries regarding our internet safety procedures, please contact the school.

Top tips to helping your child stay safe online

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s Wi-Fi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls.

Useful Links

Here are some resources that will assist you in keeping you child safe on the internet.  At Ty Sign we are committed to ensuring all children are well informed of the risks and can make the correct decisions to protect themselves.

The thinkuknow website offers resources for children between 5 and 16 and also information for parent/carers.  There are games and videos for the children to play that will get them thinking about internet safety issues.

 

 

 

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The BBC also offers games and videos to keep children of Foundation Phase age informed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/stay-safe